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So excited to attend the Opening Night Gala with a special screening of Justin Lin’s ‘Better Luck Tomorrow‘ Thursday, April 27th at 7PM at the Egyptian Theatre
Better Luck Tomorrow (BLT): Never underestimate an over achiever. To his classmates and teachers, high-schooler Ben Manibag (Perry Shen) appears to be the “model” student: a perfectionist and overachiever, destined for nothing less than graduating at the top of his class and then attending a prestigious college. But underneath this persona is a darker side – Ben and his bored high-school buddies lead double lives, flying high in a world of petty crime and material excess in order to ease the pressures of “being perfect.” It’s a free-wheeling lifestyle that soon takes a downward spiral, leading to an unexpected end. An Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival, Better Luck Tomorrow is a gripping, edgy and provocative film that rips the tranquil, well-manicured facade off of middle-class suburbia and cultural stereotypes.
Buy tickets to see the opening night film with JUSTIN LIN, SUNG KANG, JUSTIN CHON, KARIN ANNA CHEUNG, RODGER FAN, MATTHEW KNOWLES, AARON TAKAHASHI and more supporting diversity in film with the 2017 LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. The Gala is presenting the 15 year anniversary of Justin Lin’s ‘Better Luck Tomorrow’ in the original 35mm film that premiered at Sundance after Sept 11th and not the life affirming film that everyone expected. The story and cast is not what people expected from the Asian stars/director.
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I’m so excited about the upcoming Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival this April 27th with films that represent diversity from across the world. I’ve attended over the years and have always been impressed by the selection of films form comedy to documentary to drama that truly represent the diversity that often is overlooked in entertainment. I also recommend attendance of the C3 Conference that will focus on Future Forward a full day of panels with creatives from behind the camera talking issues that are important to those starting out in the business as well as established creatives.
On my list to see:
ROBIN JOHNSON, SOMLIT INTHALANGSY / USA / 2017 / 15 MINS
A modern day couple is forced to end their interracial relationship. This is a love story about an Asian American/African American couple inspired by a true story.
FREE PROGRAM. “Bronzeville, Little Tokyo” sheds light on an overlooked moment in history when Japanese and Japanese-Americans were displaced and African-Americans moved into Little Tokyo. To honor this period, there will be a special two-day program featuring an interactive media installation, a 360° virtual reality presentation, and a live Jazz performance on Historic First Street North.
CHRISTOPHER MAKOTO YOGI / SHORTS COMPETITION / USA / 2016 / 15 MINS
A film essay looking at 100 years of Hawai‘i in film, explores issues of representation and gender. This filmic deconstruction is a lively, often infuriating examination of Hollywood’s portrayal of the islands, highlighting the essential necessity of homegrown filmmaking.
NIA DINATA / SPECIAL PRESENTATION / INDONESIA / 2016 / 124 MINS
Three sassy sisters: Gendis (32), Ella (28), and Bebe (19), are very passionate about running their family boutique hotel by the beach in the eastern part of Indonesia’s archipelago. Their grandmother, however, is frustrated because she is unable to find the ideal matches for her granddaughters. Grandma doesn’t give up. Her ultimate goal in life is to find suitable men for her granddaughters.
ELIZABETH ITO / USA / 2015 / 8 MINS
In this mockumentary short, a family of monsters tries to lead a normal American life.
Itsy Bitsy Shorts
Tateuchi Democracy Forum
April 29, 2017 10:00 am
JOYCE WONG / NARRATIVE COMPETITION / CANADA / 2017 / 82 MINS
A slice-of-life dark comedy about a lonely female security guard, and the misunderstood sexual encounter that unravels her life.
May 1, 2017 7:00 pm
YU GU, SCOTT DRUCKER / DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION, LAAPFF BEST OF THE FEST IN OC / USA / 2017 / 90 MINS
WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? follows the controversial 11-time Jeopardy! winner turned Internet iconoclast, Arthur Chu, as he struggles to reform society and himself in a seminal year.
WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? (ENCORE)
CGV Buena Park
May 6, 2017 9:30 pm
C3 CONFERENCE / PANEL / 75 MINS
A contemplative dialogue with the editors from some of the biggest box office animated/stop motion films in history – discussing the industry, their processes and their look into the future of animation. *Panels are not individually sold. The admission fee for one day will include all the panels on that day. The admission fee for both days will include all the panels of the C3 Conference.
2017 LAAPF GALA PRESENTATIONS
OPENING NIGHT FILM | BETTER LUCK TOMORROW | DIRECTED BY JUSTIN LIN
APRIL 27 | 7:00 PM | EGYPTIAN THEATER
Come celebrate the 15th anniversary of BETTER LUCK TOMORROW (co-presented by YOMYOMF)! The film premiered at Sundance amid controversy and is a benchmark for APA cinema. The Festival is screening the original Sundance cut, in glorious 35mm film. Director Justin Lin will present the film and joined by his cast for this anniversary celebration.
CENTERPIECE FILM | GOOK | DIRECTED BY JUSTIN CHON
APRIL 29 | 8:00 PM | ARATANI THEATER
Eli and Daniel are two Korean-American brothers who own a struggling shoe store. They have a unique and unlikely friendship with a young 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla. The film is set during the first day of the LA riots, forcing them to defend their store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the meaning of family.
Director/Writer and Actor Justin Chon and his cast and crew will be in attendance to present this film.
CLOSING NIGHT FILM | COLUMBUS | DIRECTED BY KOGONADA
MAY 4 | 7:00 PM | DIRECTOR’S GUILD OF AMERICA
Casey lives with her mother in a little-known Midwestern town haunted by the promise of modernism. Jin, a visitor from the other side of the world, attends to his dying father. Burdened by the future, they find respite in one another and the architecture that surrounds them.
Cast and crew of COLOMBUS including JOHN CHO will be in attendance.
ADDITIONAL FEATURE FILMS HIGHLIGHTS AT LAAPFF 2017:
CARDINAL X Dir.: Angie Wang
CHEE AND T Dir.: Tanuj Chopra
COLUMBUS Dir.: Kogonada
GOOK Dir.: Justin Chon
I CAN I WILL I DID Dir.: Nadine Truong
THE LOCKPICKER Dir.: Randall Okita
NORMAN JONES Dir.: Mike Sakamoto
WEXFORD PLAZA Dir.: Joyce Wong
WINDOW HORSES Dir.: Ann Marie Fleming
95 AND 6 TO GO Dir.: Kimi Takesue
A TIME TO SWIM Dir.: Ashley Duong
FINDING KUKAN Dir.: Robin Lung
GHOST MAGNET ROACH MOTEL Dir.: Shinpei Takeda
MELE MURALS Dir.: Tadashi Nakamura
MIXED MATCH Dir.: Jeff Chiba Stearns
RESISTANCE AT TULE LAKE Dir.: Konrad Aderer
SAVE MY SEOUL Dir.: Jason Y. Lee
UNBROKEN GLASS Dir.: Dinesh Sabu
WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? Dirs.: Yu Gu and Scott Drucker
INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
MOTHERLAND Dir.: Ramona S. Diaz
PLASTIC CHINA Dir.: Wang Jiu-liang
SMALL TALK Dir.: Huang Hui-Chen
TOKYO IDOLS Dir.: Kyoko Miyake
INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURES
BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK Dir.: Anocha Suwichakornpong
DIAMOND ISLAND Dir: Davy Chou
KING OF PEKING Dir.: Sam Voutas
POP AYE Dir.: Kristen Tan
RESEBA – THE DARK WIND Dir.: Hussein Hassan
THE ROAD TO MANDALAY Dir.: Midi Z
SAVING SALLY Dir.: Avid Liongoren
THE SOUL OF THE TIGER Dir.: François Yang
THE SOWER Dir.: Yosuke Takeuchi
TAXI STORIES Dir.: Doris Yeung
TURN LEFT TURN RIGHT Dir.: Douglas Seok
SPECIAL FILM PRESENTATIONS
- ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL – Dir.: Steve James
- JOSHUA: TEENAGER VS. SUPERPOWER – Dir.: Joe Piscatella
- YELLOW (20th Anniversary Screening) Dir.: Chris Chan Lee
For complete program information please visit festival.vconline.org.
The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is celebrating 32 years with 140 films screening April 21 – 28 showing the diversity on screen that include documentaries and scripted films to scare and laugh! This year they have the world premier of Lena Khan’s ‘The Tiger Hunter’ as the opening night movie. the Centerpiece documentary is ‘Tyrus’ from Pamela Tom. In addition to six world premiers including LA filmmakers Ryan Yu’s ‘The Last Tour’, Janice Tanaka’s ‘Rebel with a Cause’ and Quentin Lee’s ‘THE UNBIDDEN’. Artist Spotlight presents Award Winning Director Dai Sil Kim-Gibson with the LA Premier of ‘People are the Sky’ and special presentations of ‘Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women’ and ‘SA-I-GU: From Korean Women’s Perspectives’. Jonathan Lim’s ‘Pali Road’ is the closing night film. It’s exciting to see these films that will start some serious conversations about history, women and the silence that Asian artists face in US film & TV with so little representation.
I’m so ready to attend the LAAPFF this year with a great selection of films from horror to comedy to romance. So buy your tickets and get ready for films from a diverse point of view!
Leave a comment below on what you plan to see and maybe we can watch together!!!
Check out a few on my MUST SEE LIST!
LOVE, WORK & OTHER DEMONS
Stubborn Chinese waitress by day, kick-ass demon hunter by night, tomboy Joanna has never given much thought to being what her traditional father, Harry, calls a “girly girl”—until she meets Ryan. With a little help from her undead ancestors, hilarity ensues as Joanna battles lipstick, heels, and demons in this coming-of-identity story. – See more at:
Mahal is a part of an elite squad of skilled hunters responsible for keeping the world safe from vampires and other creatures of the night. Her mission to rid the world of this undead threat becomes compromised when her fate intertwines with an aswang (a vampire of Philippine folklore), forcing her to choose sides in an age-old war. – See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/detail/vampariah_2016#sthash.oz4mlbe2.dpuf
Freddie gets a Spear-itual awakening when he joins an anonymous support group for closeted Britney Spears fans.
– See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/genre/comedy#sthash.GwTKIEnC.dpuf
Based off a feature script (winner of the Tribeca All Access Best Screenplay), Sam lives her life idolizing the romantic ideal of John Hughes’ movies (Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, Some Kind…
– See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/genre/comedy#sthash.GwTKIEnC.dpuf
Pollution continues to get worse, and the human race remains in what has become the remaining last days of the world. One survivor, Tatsu, has managed to survive alongside his robot companion, Kei….
– See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/genre/fantasy#sthash.coM6I2Nu.dpuf
Japan 2015 | 6 min.
SHORTS PROGRAM: Connect/Disconnect | Fantasy, Science Fiction
An Android helps a girl in need. With her Curiosity piqued, the girl follows the Android as it shows kindness to various people. In turn, the girl approaches the Android to convey “a certain thing.” – See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/detail/sociopaths_2016#sthash.kiPxsX3k.dpuf
United States 2015 | 105 min.
Narrative Nominees | Romance
Cameron (Chris Dinh) is a nighttime courier with a heart of gold and a secret. From dusk to dawn, he makes deliveries all over the Los Angeles area. As a skilled chef, he’s saving for his food truck but remains too busy taking care of other people to put his dreams first. When his next pickup turns out to be Jasmine (Julie Zhan), the attractive, headstrong daughter of a longtime client, the ensuing chemistry lights up the night sky. Will this chance encounter be just another delivery, or will it change his life forever?
– See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/detail/comfort_2016#sthash.5Fpk5diW.dpuf
Five queer and trans Asian-Americans from the New York City area explore their relationships with their family and culture in this patchwork documentary. Features Joanne Hsu, Alok Vaid-Menon, Kevin Su, Suma Reddy and Mashuq Deen.
– See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/detail/gaysians_2016#sthash.LVhuqnVr.dpuf
Best friends Joy and Chris are cosplayers who dress up as characters from their favorite anime show “Robo Saints.” When Chris’ girlfriend Kaylee — who cosplays as the character Yuna — dumps him, he falls into a deep depression. Joy feels bad for Chris, having developed feelings beyond mere friendship for him. When Kaylee drops off her Yuna costume with Joy, he decides to dress up as Yuna and confess his feelings to Chris.
See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/detail/robo_saints_2016#sthash.8Qw6lLs3.dpuf
The narrative of today’s Dreamer movement has highlighted the experiences of students who desire to become part of American society, but what’s been missing are the experiences of the siblings, the parents, and the families of immigrants. This is my family’s immigrant narrative as undocumented people in the U.S., making our home in this once foreign place.
See more at: http://laapff.festpro.com/films/detail/us_2016#sthash.nVKK6DId.dpuf
About: Visual Communications (VC), the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, announced its program of outstanding films for the upcoming 32nd edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) running April 21-28, 2016. This annual film celebration is presented across the city of Los Angeles from Little Tokyo to the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles to Koreatown and to West Hollywood.
VC proudly celebrates 32 years as Southern California’s largest and most prestigious film festival of its kind. The LAAPFF launches the pre-celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month through this year’s slate of over 140 films from both Asian Pacific American and Asian international artists. For over three decades, the Festival has presented more than 3,800 films and shorts by Asian American and Asian international talent. This year, a total of 140 films comprised of 34 feature films and 106 shorts will be showcased throughout the eight-day fest.
As the word “diversity” is being thrown around in Hollywood, the LAAPFF is providing the best opportunity to experience this first hand through talent both in front and behind the camera. Stories by women, men, LGBT artists, Asian Americans, Asian international, and a multitude of ethnicities are all being highlighted and shared at the Festival.
THE TIGER HUNTER- WORLD PREMIERE Directed by Lena Khan
This year’s opening night gala features the World Premiere of writer/director/producer Lena Khan’s comedy THE TIGER HUNTER starring Danny Pudi (NBC TVs Community), Karen David(ABC TVs Galavant), Jon Heder (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE) and Rizwan Manji (WOLF OF WALL STREET) The film celebrates the array of some of the most talented female Southasian Indian American artists in Hollywood with Khan as the auteur writer/director/producer, joined by her producer and Fest Alum Megha Kadakia and starring Karen David – one of the most sought after actresses in the industry.
“Opening night with the world premiere of THE TIGER HUNTER will jump start our amazing line up of our own talent,” states VC Executive Director Francis Cullado. “This year, we are proud to be showcasing some of our best artists. It is our time to showcase diversity and to celebrate it as well. And kicking off with Lena’s film is just the tip of the iceberg of the films everyone will experience at the festival. It’s going to be a great festival.”
THE TIGER HUNTER screens Opening Night April 21 at 7PM at the Aratani Theatre at the JACCC in Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles.
The Festival Centerpiece Presentation of the Los Angeles premiere of TYRUS welcomes former VC staffer Pamela Tom with her feature filmdirectorial debut. Fresh off its triumphant World Premiere at the 2015 Telluride Film Festival, TYRUS celebrates the life and art of Tyrus Wong, a legendary Chinese American painter, production illustrator, lithographer, and kite builder best known for his concept art for Walt Disney’s feature animated film BAMBI. Beginning with the achievement of BAMBI to his game-changing later career as a production concept artist for Warner Bros. Studios, Wong’s strikingly beautiful concept paintings and sketches continue to influence the work of generations of animators and production designers. TYRUS celebrates not only the beauty of his art but reveals to a larger audience a lesser known part of the Chinese American experience — that of its artists and creators.
TYRUS will screen Saturday, April 23 at 8PM at the Aratani Theatre at the JACCC in Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles.
One of the Festival Special Presentations this year is the West Coast premiere of the rousing BAD RAP from director Salima Koroma. BAD RAP is an independent documentary about four Asian-American rappers who dream of succeeding in the mainstream; selling out huge venues; hearing themselves on the radio; and becoming household names. Through a colorful soundtrack, gritty visuals, and utter honesty, the characters share their experiences of fear, perceived failure, and hopes of triumph. And at its heart, the film is about young Asian Americans facing, head-on, a culture that expects them to fulfill the model minority stereotype.
BAD RAP highlights the lives of artists Dumbfoundead, Awkafina, Rekstizzy and Lyricks. It also includes accomplished Asian-American rap artists (Far East Movement), pop stars (Jay Park), YouTube celebrities (Traphik), and industry insiders, all in an effort to answer the following questions: Do people know or care about Asian-American rappers? What makes this group of rappers different? Why hasn’t there been an Asian-American rap star yet?
BAD RAP screens Wednesday, April 27 at 9:30 PM at the CGV Cinemas in Koreatown.
This year’s Fest boasts of six world premiere feature films from Asian American directors (including THE TIGER HUNTER):
- THE LAST TOUR from Los Angeles based actor turned director Ryan Yu;
- THE UNBIDDEN – festival alum Quentin Lee’s latest horror offering;
- VAMPARIAH – from returning fest alum Matthew Abaya;
- SIGNS OF REMARKABLE HISTORY – from another returning fest alum Maryam Kashani;
- REBEL WITH A CAUSE: THE LIFE OF AIKO HERZIG YOUSHINAGA – from returning fest and VC alum Janice Tanaka.
All of the directors will be at their screenings for Q/A discussion. Check the festival listings for exact showtimes and locations.
Closing out this year’s celebration is the Los Angeles premiere of the acclaimed PALI ROAD from Los Angeles director Jonathan Lim. Director Lim brings together a stellar international cast including Chinese rising star Michelle Chen (BADGES OF FURY, YOU ARE THE APPLE OF MY EYE), Sung Kang (FAST AND FURIOUS 3,4,5,6 and 7), Jackson Rathbone (TWILIGHT film series), Elizabeth Sung (JOY LUCK CLUB, THE UNBIDDEN, YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS), and Tzi Ma (RUSH HOUR, VEEP, HELL ON WHEELS) for this stylish romance mystery.
Lily (Chen), a Chinese doctor, is doing her residency in a Hawaiian hospital under Dr. Kayne (Kang). She has fallen in love with schoolteacher Neil (Rathbone) — at least, this is what she remembers. After a terrible car accident, Lily wakes up to discover, in horror, a married life with Dr. Kayne, including a 5-year-old son she has never seen. With everyone around her denying Neil’s existence, Lily begins to question her sanity, as recurring memories of Neil force her to embark on a journey to retrace her past and discover the truth.
“Our lineup this year of the number of Asian American filmmakers and Asian American stories is more than impressive,” states Festival Co-Director David Magdael. “Our Opening Night, Centerpiece, World Premiere, Special Presentation and Closing Night films all represent stories and directors based here in the U.S. It is exciting as our pool of talent continues to grow each year. No longer can it be said that Asian PacificAmerican talent is non-existent. We are active in writing, directing, producing, acting, film distribution and exhibition, below the line positions and executive roles in the film industry. This year, Asian Pacific American directors are more than half of our feature film lineup. These filmmakers are not waiting for a studio or someone else to approve them to make their film. And it is this independent spirit that is prevalent in a major way this year at the Fest with our own filmmakers are raising the bar in terms of creating and producing feature films that add to the American cinematic experience and to our ever growing Asian American Cinema. It’s an exciting time to be Asian Pacific American in Hollywood.”
This year’s Artist Spotlight focuses on the award winning prolific documentary filmmaker Dai Sil Kim-Gibson. Unwavering in her staunch clarity of artistic vision, North Korean born Kim-Gibson embraces the realities and possibilities of a multi-ethnic America. Unflinching in her perspective, honed by years working and living here in the U.S. as an educator, grants officer, filmmaker and arts advocate, her filmography offers an expansive world-view of both historical and contemporary issues affecting Asian diasporic communities.
The Fest will present the Los Angeles Premiere of Kim-Gibson’s latest feature documentary, PEOPLE ARE THE SKY with two of her earlier works. This long overdue tribute will provide a well-deserved spotlight on the career of this one-of-a-kind talent, who, at age 78, is still sharply perceptive and feisty as ever. This special Spotlight on Dai Sil Kim-Gibson takes place throughout the festival screening the following films: SA-I-GU: FROM KOREAN WOMEN’S PERSPECTIVES on Sunday April 24 at 5:30 PM at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles; SILENCE BROKEN: KOREAN COMFORT WOMENscreens Wednesday April 27 at 4:30 PM also at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum; followed by the L.A. premiere of PEOPLE ARE THE SKY at 7:00 PM at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum.
“Dai Sil Kim-Gibson is one of our most prolific filmmakers of our time and our community,” says longtime Visual Communications staff member and Fest Co-Director Abraham Ferrer. “We are proud to have Dai Sil bring her latest and most personal film PEOPLE ARE THE SKY to the Festas the Los Angeles premiere. Having her here and presenting her earlier works and this film will be most exciting for our audiences. Her filmmaking, insight and perspective have been a great influence on many younger filmmakers and for us to celebrate her this year is perfectly timed.”
The LAAPFF is once again proud to present at the Festival two programs with a long and historic significance to Visual Communications: The Armed With a Camera Fellowship and Digital Histories. The Armed With a Camera Fellowship nurtures the next generation of AsianPacific American media artists to capture their world, surrounding, and outlook on life. Past fellows have gone on to premiere award-winning feature films as well as building a career in television. These short films will be a part of the crowd-pleasing program VC DIGITAL POSSE, ver. 2016 on Sunday, April 24 at 8:00PM at the Aratani Theatre at the JACCC in Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles.
Since 2003, Digital Histories has provided a professional and artistic work environment for underserved, ethnic-minority seniors in the LA-based Asian Pacific American community. Digital Histories will screen on Sunday, April 26 at 2:00PM at the Aratani Theatre at the JACCC in Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles.
The LAAPFF is proud to feature the sixth edition of C3 – the Conference For Creative Content where creative and Hollywood industry leaders join together to create a dialogue with the community discussing important issues and trends taking place in the entertainment arena. The only event of its kind, C3 brings together foremost media professionals in film, television, cable, digital, and transmedia to create a dialogue on the ever-changing media industry, share best practices, network, celebrate and build a collective vision for our community. C3 will dive in dive in and hear from the forerunners of this change, especially from Asian Americans leading the way. Program panels will include:
- Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA): The Great Equalizer: How New Media Gets You Noticed
- F This Weekly Podcast: Women For the Win – Transcending the Inclusion Crisis and Gender Gap in Hollywood
- Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW):Writing for Diverse Voices in Film and Television
- Motion Pictures Editors Guild (MPEG):Editing: The Last Rewrite
- Directors Guild of America (DGA): Utilizing Emerging Technology To Enhance Your Storytelling
- You Offend Me You Offend My Family (YOMYOMF): The New Indie Cinema: Opportunities for Diverse Filmmakers in the Digital World
“In the past few months, you’d be hard-pressed not to notice the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite voiced in response to the Academy’s overwhelming lack of diversity in their nominations,” states Milton Liu, VC’s Director of Programs and Artist Services. “Compounding the issue, the ceremony continued to make tone-deaf ‘jokes’ about Asian Americans, which resulted in many Asian American Academy members (including VC Board Members) to write a letter signifying that this must stop — our community will not be marginalized. We’re proud to be partnering with industry guilds such as the WGAW, DGA, SAG-AFTRA, MPEG, SAG-PIACF, and community innovators F This Weekly and YOMYOMF, to bring together leading industry artists and executives to discuss not only the changing technological and cultural landscape of Hollywood, but also in dissecting ways in which diversity continues to be a constant battle.”
C3 takes place over the weekend of April 23 and 24 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles.
Every year, the LAAPFF International Showcase of new works from Asia highlights films and filmmakers from throughout the continent. This year is no different as the Festival boasts acclaimed features from India, Vietnam, the Peoples Republic of China (PRC), South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Cambodia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan and Hong Kong.
“Our International Showcase is one of the strongest ever representing an array of countries,” states Festival Co-Director Anderson Le. “We have films from all over Asia including award winning documentaries, romantic comedies, thrillers, action flicks and outstanding dramatic stories. There is something for everyone. We are also excited to bring over talent from across the Pacific including: directors Takayuki Nakamura (ZEN AND BONES) from Japan and Cellin Gluck (PERSONA NON GRATA) who works in both Japan and the United States; director Steve Chen (DREAM LAND) from Cambodia; and lead actor Shiv Pandit (LOEV) from India. ”
- A COPY OF MY MIND (Indonesia/South Korea, 2015) Dir.: Joko Anwar
- BITCOIN HEIST (Vietnam, 2016) Dir.: Ham Tran
- DISTANCE (PRC/Singapore/Thailand, 2015) Dirs.: Shijie Tan, Sivaroj Kongsakul, Yukun Xin
- THE DOG (PRC, 2015) Dir.: Lam Can-zhao
- DREAM LAND (Cambodia/United States, 2015) Dir.: Steve Chen
- THE KIDS (Taiwan, 2015) Dir.: Sunny Yu
- LOEV (India, 2015) Dir.: Sudhanshu Saria
- MANANG BIRING (Philippines, 2015) Dir.: Carl Joseph Papa
- MOTHER (Pakistan, 2015) Dir.: Jami Mahmood
- PERSONA NON GRATA (Japan, 2015) Dir.: Cellin Gluck
- REACH FOR THE SKY (South Korea/Belgium, 2015) Dirs.: Choi Wooyoung, Steven Dhoedt
- ZEN AND BONES (Japan, 2015) Dir.: Takayuki Nakamura
In addition, the LAAPFF is proud to present the following Special Presentations:
- UPON THE FRAGILE SHORE Multi-media performance by writer/actor director Giovanni Ortega (CRIERS FOR HIRE)
UPON THE FRAGILE SHORE is a short film based on the play by the Obie award-winning playwright Carded Svich. A cast of four that explores human rights and environmental issues around the world especially in relationship to human-made tragedies and their aftermath. This film centers on stories from the Venezuela, Colorado, and Louisiana with four interlocking stories. All of us living on the fragile shore. It asks for all of us to consider how we live in vulnerable spaces, be it due to coastal erosion and vanishing ways of life, in resistance to oppression. during and after wars, and in the suspended fragile states of collective grief. The performance piece is a way to build sustaining connected spaces for us to consider our vulnerabilities in an already fragile world, and how we can find strength in these spaces.
Friday, April 22, 5 PM Tateuchi Democracy Forum at JANM – Little Tokyo – Downtown LA
- FfF INTERACTIVE LITTLE TOKYO! FORM follows FUNCTION
Composed of two short films and interactive installations around 312 AZUSA STREET and WALKING WITH GRACE. WALKING WITH GRACE is a 360 virtual reality narrative documentary about Little Tokyo, Los Angeles through the perspective of Grace Chikui, blind woman and long-time resident. (*viewable on VR headsets via kiosk at various locations throughout the festival). 312 AZUSA STREET is a historic site-specific installation about the church on Azusa street that founded Pentecostalism in the nation in 1906 and Stevens African Methodist Episcopal Church (later known as First African Methodist Episcopal Church) in 1888, spearheaded by original landowner, Bridget “Biddy” Mason. Premieres Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, 7-10 PM, JACCC Noguchi Plaza – Little Tokyo – Downtown LA
- FRESH OFF THE SHOW!
To celebrate the recent announcement that ABC’s FRESH OFF THE BOAT has been renewed for Season 3, come join Angry Asian Man (Phil Yu) and actor/writer/comedian Jenny Yang in screening this transcendent comedy! We’ll be showing that night’s episode and the following week’s episode! As an added bonus, cast and crew will be joining in for a Q&A after the screening. Tuesday, April 26, 7 PM, Tateuchi Democracy Forum at JANM – Little Tokyo – Downtown LA
The 32nd LAAPFF competition film line-up is as follows:
- COMFORT (Los Angeles Premiere) Director WILLIAM LU
- GRASS (Los Angeles Premiere) Director TANUJ CHOPRA
- THE LAST TOUR (World Premeire) Director RYAN YU
- PALI ROAD (Los Angeles Premiere) Director JONATHAN LIM
- THE TIGER HUNTER (World Premiere) Director LENA KHAN
- THE UNBIDDEN (World Premiere) Director QUENTIN LEE
- VAMPARIAH (World Premiere) Director MATTHEW ABAYA
- BREATHIN’: THE EDDY ZHENG STORY (Los Angeles Premiere) Director BEN WANG
- DAZE OF JUSTICE (Los Angeles Premiere) Director MICHAEL SIV
- THE GREAT SASUKE (Los Angeles Premiere) Director MIKIKO SASAKI
- HOOLIGAN SPARROW (Los Angeles Premiere) Director NANFU WANG
- OUT RUN (Los Angeles Premiere) Directors S. LEO CHIANG; JOHNNY SYMONS
- SIGNS OF REMARKABLE HISTORY (World Premiere) Director MARYAM KASHANI
- TYRUS (Los Angeles Premiere) Director PAMELA TOM
For program information, a complete listing of sponsors and partners, and to purchase tickets, log on to www.vconline.org/festival or contact Visual Communications at (213) 680-4462 x59. Tickets are on sale now.
The Festival is honored to return home to Little Tokyo this year and is proud to be partnering with our following screening venues across Los Angeles:
- Aratani Theatre @ Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – Little Tokyo244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
- Tateuchi Democracy Forum @ Japanese American National Museum – Little Tokyo111 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
- Downtown Independent – Downtown LA (DTLA)251 S. Main Street, (between 3rd and 2nd Streets), Los Angeles, CA 90012
- CGV Cinemas – Koreatown – Mid-Wilshire621 Western Avenue (between 6th Street and Wilshire Blvd.), Los Angeles, CA 90005
- The Great Company – Downtown LA (DTLA)1917 Bay Street (between Wilson and Mateo Streets), Los Angeles, CA 90021
- Directors Guild of America – West Hollywood
7920 Sunset Blvd. (at Hayworth), West Hollywood, CA 90046
The 2016 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is sponsored by:
PLATINUM: Comcast NBC Universal; Sony Pictures Entertainment
GOLD: Directors Guild of America; HBO; Nielsen; Wells Fargo
SILVER: FilmLA, Pechanga
BRONZE: Go Little Tokyo, SAG Indie
STAR: Motion Picture Editors Guild; SAG-AFTRA; Writers Guild of America, West; Simple DCP;
VENUE SPONSORS: Aratani Theatre/Japanese American Cultural & Community Center; Directors Guild of America; Japanese American National Museum; Downtown Independent; CGV Cinemas; The Great Company; USC Pacific Asian Museum; Far Bar; Far East Lounge
MEDIA SPONSORS: AngryAsianMan.com; LA18 KSCI-TV; MYX TV; TRAKTIVIST.com; International Documentary Association, FORM follows FUNCTION
GOVERNMENT: National Endowment for the Arts; Los Angeles County Arts Commission; Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; California Humanities
FOUNDATION: Aratani Foundation; James Irvine Foundation; SAG-P IACF; Asian Pacific Community Fund; M.A. & Josephine R. Grisham Foundation
RECEPTION: The Park’s Finest; Asahi; Kirin; Stella Artois; LA18 KSCI-TV; Pop’d Up; Twinkle Brown Sugar; AFC Soy Foods; Found Coffee, Crème Caramel LA, The Boba Truck; Bruce Tea
IN KIND: The Park’s Finest; HBO; Bruce Tea; Peter Ly; Shiftboard.com; FestPro; Telepath Corporation; IKON Office Supplies; Meiji; LA18 KSCI-TV; Ace Beverages; Mendocino Farms; Piehole
THE LAST TOUR – WORLD PREMIERE Directed by: Ryan Yu
(L to R) Jeff Liu, Ryan Yu, Diana Lee Inosanto and Ron Balicki in THE LAST TOUR – Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
THE UNBIDDEN- WORLD PREMIERE DIRECTED BY QUENTIN LEE
(L TO R) Amy Hill, Tamlyn Tomita and Elizabeth Sung in THE UNBIDDEN – Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
BITCOIN HEIST – DIRECTED BY HAM TRAN
Vietnam’s #1 Hip-Hop Queen SUBOI in BITCOIN HEIST – Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
BAD RAP – DIRECTED BY SALIMA KOROMA
ASIAN AMERICAN RAPPER DUMBFOUNDEAD in the documentary BAD RAP – Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
OUT RUN – DIRECTED BY S. LEO CHIANG and JOHNNY SYMONS
Philippine Transgender Congress Candidate BEMZ BENEDITO organizes the only LGBTQ political party in the World in the new documentary OUT RUN
Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
PALI ROAD – DIRECTED BY JONATHAN LIM – CLOSING NIGHT SCREENING
Sung Kang in PALI ROAD – Photo Courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
HOOLIGAN SPARROW – DIRECTED BY NANFU WANG
Activist YE HAIYAN’s Story is the Subject of Sundance Hit HOOLIGAN SPARROW – Photo Courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
VAMPARIAH – DIRECTED BY MATTHEW ABAYA – WORLD PREMIERE – Photo Courtesy of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival